Campaign for Action Update: August 13, 2013


Reminder – Reporting Your Action Coalition Progress 

Dear AC co-leads: this is a friendly reminder to please update and submit your AC Status Report, AC Funding Chart, and SIP Workplan Report (if applicable) by Friday, August 16 . You may email them to [email protected]. If you are looking for the original email, it was sent to co-leads and workgroup leads on July 29.

Action Coalitions are the driving force of the Campaign for Action, so we want to keep up with what you’re doing! To best feature the success being made to transform health care through nursing in states and to share best practices, it is essential that RWJF, CCNA, and all Campaign stakeholders stay informed about your progress. Thank you for your commitment to keep us updated.

If you have any questions, please contact your liaison or Michael Pheulpin ([email protected]) at your earliest convenience. Thank you!
Join RWJF & CCNA for a Leadership Reception during AAN’s Annual Meeting & Conference
If you or any member of your Action Coalition will be heading to Washington, DC, for the American Academy of Nursing’s Conference October 17 – October 19, we want to know! The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) and Center to Champion Nursing in America (CCNA) will host our annual reception to honor RWJF scholars, fellows and alumni from 6:00-7:30 p.m. on Friday, October 18 at the Hyatt Regency on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC. If you will be in DC, we would love to see Action Coalition members, Campaign champions and CFA national supporters at this event.

To attend the reception, RSVP no later than October 4th, 2013.

Please email Charlene Riley at [email protected] with any questions.

Funding and Other Opportunities
SIP Finalists Notified

Last week, ten Action Coalitions were selected as finalists for the second round of State Implementation Program (SIP) grants. The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation originally awarded SIP grants to 20 states in February 2013. Funding for this round will be awarded in November 2013.

Webinar: Deep-Dive on Building your One-Pager

Part of the RWJF Connect eTraining Series: Policymaker Outreach.

Wednesday, August 28 | 1:00 – 2:15 p.m. EDT

Register here.

If policymakers only have time to read one page about what you do, what should they know? What makes the cut and what doesn’t? From identifying the most important messages and statistics to designing something that looks great, this session will take Action Coalitions and RWJF grantees on a deeper dive through developing a powerful one-pager without overwhelming policymakers and stakeholders with too much information.

AACN and CDC Announce New Public Health Fellowship Opportunity

Last August, the American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN) commenced a five-year cooperative agreement with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to help build capacity in the public health nursing workforce. AACN and the CDC are now offering a public health nurse fellowship that focuses on managing chronic conditions in schools. This fellowship will give graduate-prepared nurses the skills to provide guidance to k-12 schools and school districts on how to best care for their students with chronic care needs.

Learn more here.

Apply by September 19, 2013.
Opportunities from Recent Weekly Updates:

Contact Your Regional Association of Grantmakers
HRSA Seeks New Director for Nursing

HRSA Grant: Veterans to Nurses

Apply by August 26, 2013

AACN Baccalaureate Education Conference: Call for Abstracts

Abstracts due September 6, 2013

AACN Exemplary Academic-Practice Partnership Award: Call for Nominations

Nominations due September 13, 2013

2013 Fall Interprofessional Education Collaborative Institute

October 7-9

Campaign Pillars

Advancing Nursing Education

A Fast Track to Bachelor’s Degrees in Nursing

A new initiative designed to ease the transition between associate and baccalaureate degree nursing programs opened its doors to its first class of students this summer. Based at the School of Nursing at California State University, Los Angeles, the program enables students with associate degrees in nursing (ADN) to earn baccalaureate degrees in nursing (BSN) in 12 months.

“The idea is that students will get their BSN in a year with no repetition of courses,” said Mary Dickow, statewide director of the California Action Coalition. Supporters also claim it will enhance diversity in the nursing workforce and help develop more nurse leaders.

Read more about the program here

Study Finds More Nurses are Advancing their Education

The national call for a more highly educated nursing workforce is apparently resonating among nurses.

In a new survey of registered nurses based on data collected earlier this year, 61 percent of respondents say they have obtained a baccalaureate degree or higher. Reflecting the same upward trend, 55 percent of nurses said the same in a study released in May by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) that was based on data from 2008 to 2010. The two studies were conducted using different instruments, so caution should be exercised when making comparisons.

As you know, the Institute of Medicine’s (IOM) Future of Nursing report recommended that 80 percent of nurses should have a baccalaureate degree by 2020.

Read the full article here.

Promoting Nurses as Leaders

Evolve: Clinical Leadership through Collaboration

Evolve is a pilot program co-developed by the Medical Society of Virginia Foundation and Frontier Health, in collaboration with other healthcare professional organizations, including the Virginia Action Coalition.

The program is intended for clinical teams and will involve collaboration with a clinical partner. Evolve welcomes duos of physicians, nurses, nurse practitioners, physician assistants, physical therapists, and other providers to apply together.

Learn more here.

Removing Barriers to Practice & Care

New Nevada Law a Huge Win for Patients and Nurses

Nevada Gov. Brian Sandoval signed into law last month a bill that will help increase consumer access to primary care and prescription medication in the state. Enacting the law was a key priority of the Nevada Action Coalition, the Nevada Advanced Practice Nurses Association, AARP Nevada, and other stakeholders.

“It’s a huge win,” said Debra A. Toney, PhD, RN, FAAN, chair of the Nevada Action Coalition’s executive committee and former president of the National Black Nurses Association. The law frees advanced practice registered nurses (APRNs) from binding practice restrictions that required them to work under the supervision of physicians. The removal of that requirement, Toney said, will help increase consumer access to care and medication in a state that desperately needs it.

The new law “will help close the primary care shortage gap for the state,” Toney wrote in response to a recent blog post. “This opens up opportunities for nurse-led clinics to provide greatly needed services in these communities.”

Signed into law in June, the bill gives APRNs full practice authority-a key goal of the IOM report on the Future of Nursing. Nevada is the 17th state, along with Washington, D.C., to allow APRNs to practice to the full extent of their education and training.

Read more here.

Loosen Unneeded Nurse Practitioner Limits, See Results

As legislative liaison for the Nevada Advanced Practice Nurses Association, Susan S. VanBeuge is one of the top people who made Nevada’s new law possible. See how she makes a forceful argument for the law in this op-ed, and use that when making the case for removing barriers in your state!

Read the op-ed here.

Interprofessional Collaboration

NYU Nursing Gets HHS/HRSA Grant to Help Older Adults

New York University College of Nursing’s Tara A. Cortes, PhD, RN, FAAN, has received a three-year, $1.5 million grant from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and the Health Resources and Services Administration to implement “The Collaborative, Continuous Care (3C’s) Model” project.

“The purpose of this project is to demonstrate an innovative interprofessional model of collaborative, coordinated care that reflects the right communication across the healthcare system,” says Cortes.

Read more here.

Health Innovations

Nursing Students Debate Staffing Ratios and Shift Lengths

Students in the Accelerated BSN program at the Rutgers School of Nursing began a discussion on the Campaign for Action Community about two passionately-debated issues: (1) mandatory nurse to patient ratios, and (2) 8-hour versus 12-hour shifts. The students are enrolled in a course on Policy and Politics in Health Care Systems.

Read what they have to say and contribute your thoughts here!

Upcoming CCNA Webinars

The Center to Champion Nursing in America continues host a series of technical assistance webinars and teleconferences on a variety of topics. Invitations with registration and login information for webinars will be sent separately. To ensure that you receive future webinar invitations, please go to, enter your information, and select the publications you wish to receive.

Social Media 101: An Intro for Action Coalitions

Thursday, August 15, 2013 | 2:30 – 3:30 p.m. EDT

Register here

Campaign for Action communications specialists will give an overview of the evolving social media landscape and tips for how Action Coalitions can use social media to engage their audiences. This webinar will feature live demonstrations of Facebook and Twitter, and will highlight several examples of how Action Coalitions, the Campaign, and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) are using social media to increase their reach and impact.  By the end of the webinar, you will:

  • Understand the benefits of using social media to engage audiences.
  • See examples of how Action Coalitions, the Campaign for Action, and the RWJF Initiative on the Future of Nursing use social media to engage stakeholders and share information.
  • Have actionable steps for exploring and using social media platforms including Facebook and Twitter.

Recent Webinars:

Patient Advocates: A Powerful Nurse Practitioner Resource

This webinar, offered by the American Nurse Practitioner Foundation features Regina Holliday, caregiver, patient advocate and artist.  Holliday tells a personal story in words and art across the U.S. and globally. She sends a powerful message about patient rights, the healthcare system and needed change. She will change your view of patient relationships. Susan Hassmiller, PhD, RN, FAAN, Senior Advisor for Nursing, is responsible for addressing  nurse and faculty shortages in an effort to create a higher quality of patient care in the U.S. at the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.  She is also the Director of the Future of Nursing: Campaign for Action . Dr. Hassmiller will share how focusing on patient centered messaging can have an impact on changing legislation by addressing: scope of practice, prescriptive authority and reimbursement.

Watch the archived webinar and access additional resources.

Shout Outs

This is a section that we encourage you to take advantage of, to congratulate your AC or someone in your AC who deserves recognition. Send Shout Outs to Andrew Bianco at [email protected] with the subject line “Shout Out.”

Shout Out to the Montana Action Coalition!

I’d like to extend a personal Shout Out and thank you to the Montana Center to Advance Health through Nursing for posting all of the Campaign for Action Weekly Updates on their website! Keep getting the word out! Everyone should check out their website for great resources!

-Andrew Bianco

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